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  Variable Ladybird striped form (Coelophora inaequalis 2)





Variable Ladybird striped form | Coelophora inaequalis 2 photo
Variable ladybird with black bars on wings

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Variable Ladybird striped form | Coelophora inaequalis 2 photo
Variable ladybird with black bars on wings - rear view

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Variable Ladybird striped form | Coelophora inaequalis 2 photo
Variable Ladybirds have a number of colour and pattern variations. Some are blotched, some are spotted and some are striped.

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INSECT FACTS

Identification
Variable Ladybirds usually have four wing spots, but some forms have two black bars on the wings. They also have a black stripe along back where wing covers meet.

Size
5mm

Habitat
plants that attract aphids

Food
aphids

Breeding
Variable Ladybirds lay eggs on food plants. The eggs hatch into carnivorous larvae, then pupate into oval pupae before hatching out as adults.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Coleoptera
Family:Coccinellidae
Genus:Coelophora
Species:inaequalis 2
Common Name:Variable Ladybird striped form

Relatives in same Genus
  Variable Ladybird (C. inaequalis 1)
  Variable Ladybird narrow striped form (C. inaequalis 3)